Orthopaedics and trauma is an area of surgery to treat injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves).
A wide-ranging trauma and orthopaedic service is provided at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, Grantham and District Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and County Hospital, Louth.
Trauma and orthopaedic day case and outpatient services are also provided on these sites and at John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough. Outpatient services only are provided at Skegness and District General Hospital and Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding.
Across Lincoln County Hospital, Grantham and District Hospital and County Hospital, Louth there are consultants and a range of supporting middle and junior medical staff, who collectively provide a broad spectrum of sub-speciality interests within orthopaedics and trauma. They are supported by a trauma nurse co-ordinator and a multi-disciplinary team including physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
The orthopaedic service at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston has consultants and associate specialists delivering all aspects of orthopaedics including arthroscopic shoulder surgery, knee surgery, revision hip surgery and pelvic fracture surgery which are all carried out on site.
A multi disciplinary team of nurse practitioners works with the orthopaedic consultants to provide various aspects of care before, during and after surgery. A comprehensive trauma service is provided for all aspects of trauma (excluding spinal trauma) on site.
Trauma patients requiring admission are admitted to a dedicated Trauma Stabilisation Unit (TSU) on Ward 3B where they stay until they have been stabilised. This is usually 24 to 48 hours after surgery, after which they will be moved onto the main ward for further rehabilitation until they are fit for discharge.
Grantham and Lincoln
Across Grantham and District Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and County Hospital, Louth there are consultants and a range of supporting middle and junior medical staff, who collectively provide a broad spectrum of sub-speciality interests within orthopaedics and trauma.
They are supported by a trauma nurse co-ordinator and a multi-disciplinary team including physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Consultant medical staff from both Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston provide cover for the orthopaedics and trauma service at County Hospital, Louth. The refurbished orthopaedic theatre at the hospital has allowed us to increase the number of operations offered to patients with orthopaedic problems.
As well as a comprehensive day surgery and short stay service, we also cater for patients needing hip, knee, ankle and shoulder replacements. We have an impressive success rate with short lengths of stay and no known infections in the past 12 months.
We provide nurse-led services to support our joint replacement patients from before their admission up to a year after discharge. These include hip and knee drop-in clinics that prepare patients for their surgery, wound care clinics for removal of clips or wound reviews and general joint replacement follow up clinics.
With the addition of new consultants we are increasing the number of hand and shoulder procedures performed at Louth. We care for patients from all over Lincolnshire and surrounding counties. The average wait for surgery is eight to 12 weeks, which can be sooner for more urgent cases.